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The Trick is Trusting God About the Fence . . .

by Jed Brown
Ski Area Boundary sign

When God is fencing our ambition, it can sure seem to constrain our freedom. But fences don’t simply contain, they protect. A good fence keeps us on the right path and prevents us from hurtling over cliffs, even if it seems we’re chasing something good. Dave Harvey and C. J. Mahaney, Rescuing Ambition

The Holy Kind of Slipperiness

by Jed Brown
close up photo of mallard duck

Persons in power should be very careful how they deal with a man who cares nothing for sensual pleasure, nothing for riches, nothing for comfort or praise, or promotion, but is simply determined to do what he believes to be right. He is a dangerous and uncomfortable enemy, because his body which you can always […]

The Source of Our Unity

by Jed Brown
purple, blue, and red hands illustration

There was both unity and diversity in the Trinity, the first cause of all life, and until we find that communion with God, we can have no real unity within ourselves or with our fellow human beings. Ravi Zacharias, The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus Talks with Hitler

The Great Bank Transfer

by Jed Brown
person standing in front of store

“The death of Christ removed our debt and returned us to a zero balance. And the obedience of Christ put unimaginable wealth into our bank account.” Dave Harvey and C. J. Mahaney, Rescuing Ambition

God Give Us Faith to Repent of Harmlessness

by Jed Brown
gray squirrel by tree trunk on groud

“Do you have zeal for a worthy cause? Is there some good for which you are being slandered? Or is your routine so harmless in this evil world that it fits nicely with the way things are going, and so nobody is asking you anything?” John Piper, A Godward Life

And God in Worship Is the Potter . . .

by Jed Brown
brown clay pot

[N]ot all sins are decisions. Because we tend to be intellectualists who assume that we are thinking things, we construe temptation and sin accordingly: we think temptation is an intellectual reality, where some idea is presented to us that we then think about and make a conscious choice to pursue (or not). But once you […]

Which Promise Will You Lean On?

by Jed Brown

“One thing Moses faced if he didn’t bow to sin was a life of ‘mistreatment’ and ‘disgrace’ (Hebrews 11:25–26). These are the threats of punishment for disobeying the law of sin (which is to obey God). All sorts of evil, trouble, and danger are promised in this world to those who follow Christ, and sin […]

So That’s How We Got Our Culture . . .

by Jed Brown
aerial view of two person on top building

. . . Our culture-making, our work, is generated as much by what we want as by what we believe. We are made to be makers, but as makers we remain lovers. So if you are what you love, then you make what you love . . . James K. A. Smith, You Are What You […]

Demons Work Frenetically, Too

by Jed Brown
black and white pedestrian sign

“Ultimately, the agony of temptation is not about you or me. We’re targeted because we resemble Jesus, our firstborn brother. We all, whether believers or not, bear some resemblance to Jesus because we share with him a human nature in the image of God. As we come to find peace with God through Jesus, though, […]